Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Our Family Portrait

Here it comes.......
My daughter has successfully graduated from dots, triangle, circle, square, lines, suns, moons to people, people!
What she had been learning for the past few days came together in this portrait!
Although she wanted to incorporate the shape 'pentagon' somewhere, after much deliberation concluded that it doesn't fit here and dropped the idea.


Left to right: Tanya and Mommy.

I got the camera clicked a few ones and now i asked her where her dad is.
She started saying 'at office' but realised that she had not been thoughtful enough. Ahem..... Looked guilty for a while and searched for the chalk to complete the family portrait while i went back to my computer. Here is the finished product....

I was super thrilled and clapped my hands but did you notice the poor one-legged dad? he heee
I asked her after she had basked in her glory about the missing leg.....
She started looking for the chalk again but stopped for a second, looked at her work and said

"It's behind my leg"
I considered her explanation and asked her how her dad's big leg would stay hidden behind Tanya's small one? .... Now she knew she was stumped or so i thought, she looked at me and said
"Well. It is MY drawing and i've hidden it!"

I had to give it to her :)

37 Comments:

At 11:47 AM, Blogger Cosmic Joy said...

This was very amusing and touching at the same time :) It made me want to put something up on my blog that my daughter drew that really touched me and made me feel proud! Maybe some day I will ..

How old is your lil one? She seems more smart compared to her mom ;)

 
At 1:45 PM, Blogger Preethi said...

wow.. she is quite an artist.. and whats more she is cheeky too.. it is her drawing and she has hidden it.. miss smarty pants!! :)

 
At 3:15 PM, Blogger prabhu said...

Funny you can't see me. I'm actually behind her and her papa. ;)

 
At 12:05 AM, Blogger romila said...

Cho Chweet! And smart, thoughtful ,assertive explanation to the one legged dad.

 
At 12:31 AM, Blogger Reeta Skeeter said...

How very cute and assertive!
Clapping for tanya!

 
At 10:24 AM, Blogger Solitaire said...

I have to refrain myself from analyzing this drawing.

There is a projective test that we usually give to children to draw their family. This gives us insight into family dynamics.

My lips are sealed.

 
At 10:31 AM, Blogger KPs View! said...

nice drawing by little tanya....:)

Smart answer.....lolz

so who gets the credit for little tanya being smart ...is it mom or dad?

I go with DAD.......lolz

 
At 11:02 AM, Blogger Preethi said...

@ cosmic: That is so sweet. you shud do that. I totally understand when you say it gives you a sense of pride. She is 3 yrs old. She's smarter u say, good for me, i don't have to worry about her homework.... :)

 
At 11:04 AM, Blogger Preethi said...

@ preethi: oh yes she is!!

 
At 11:14 AM, Blogger c e e d y said...

will read it later -

check this video for Obama by Black Eyed Peas - wonderful

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BHEO_fG3mm4

 
At 11:15 AM, Blogger Preethi said...

@ prabhu: yeah... i can see Sh right beside you man :)

@romila: oh yeah. i was stumped :(

@ reeta: ha ha. go on clap.....she loves it when people clap.

@ kp: he heeee. So many seem to think that way. Poor mama she does all the work... :(

@solitaire: ha haaaa solitaire...... If you really didn't want to say anything you wouldn't have written this comment in the first place. When something goes unsaid people tend to imagine the worst :) That's human psychology for you :P Dunno how you'll take it but i don't care much about a psychologist's opinion. I have asked you about this before and will ask it again, if you second guess evrything and analyse things and judge things with what you've read even if it is drawing by a 3 yr old can you really have a normal view on life in general?
It is difficult. anyway keep doing what you do i'll be posting more of her drawings.

 
At 12:33 PM, Blogger Deepali said...

You got a smart one on your hands eh...I'd suggest you give her paper and crayons or colour pencils if she is material agnostic. That way you will have actual work to put up somewhere rather than just pictures of her 'early works'.

@ cosmic - took many wise cracks happening haan.

@ solitaire - I actually might be interested in knowing more of what you would have said. If you ever have the time, let me know.

 
At 12:55 PM, Blogger c e e d y said...

hehe
could not resist commenting - lunch time and am back here :)

first of all good work tanya - dear mommy - if you ever need to teach her to draw and paint - will be delighted to teach her :)

i dunno how many have read "the little prince"
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Little_Prince
Here is a free PDF link
http://www.cs.swan.ac.uk/~cswill/The_little_prince.pdf
please do read it. its a small 80 page book - that shows how a crative mind of a child works and how he is miffed at some of the suggestions and ideas of adults - just like tanya must have had when you asked her those questions :)....

well and I second deepali above - would like to see what solitaire has to say as an exercise....

let me know if you read and like the book.....

 
At 1:02 PM, Blogger Preethi said...

@ deepali: Somehow her work seems better on board than on paper. May be colour chalk wud do the trick. But the board is so small that she tends to cram things wherever she finds place.

TO DEEPALI SOLITAIRE AND CEEDY:
To your comment for solitaire:
I've done a bit of psychology myself. Family dynamics interpretation is not done by some pic u see online. You have to ask the child to explain the drawing. The whys of it all.
Little knowledge is always dangerous. And a highly educated doctor would never have made the comment that solitaire just did. It was absurd and highly immature.
And a 3 yr old is not the right candidate for this. 5 yrs is when all the shapes of the body comes out. There are no missing body parts then :)9 yrs is when it will be more detailed.
And besides i hope you ALL take it in the right sense,
Interpreting this here is not something that i'd like.
You cud ask her about general information not my family. I did not expect this take on an innocent drawing by my child, i have to be extremely careful about my postings from now on. Another lesson learnt.

 
At 1:05 PM, Blogger c e e d y said...

I take back my request....sorry and you are absolutly right.......

but please read the book though - nothing about pyschology or anything..........

just mere child fun :)

 
At 1:08 PM, Blogger Deepali said...

I'm not interested in the analysis, please don't misunderstand. I am interested in the concept - not related to this picture or any. Just a general understand of what is looked at and what is inferred and how.

A one size fits all never works for anything and I doubt it would with psychology too so I would think you are right, you can't look at a picture and draw some conclusions.

Please don't be 'extremely careful' about your postings. Apologies. I am sure no offense was intended by anyone.

 
At 1:16 PM, Blogger Deepali said...

Man I should practice what I preach. Just 1 hour ago I created this post Socha tha kya -kya ho gaya

 
At 1:18 PM, Blogger c e e d y said...

and please dont think about your post....

think like tanya for once and fogive us stupid grown ups :(

 
At 1:34 PM, Blogger Preethi said...

@ Ceedy: c'mon man, it is ok. I know it was just curiosity. But was personal to me that's all. And i'd look at that link for sure... :) just innocent child fun is what i need right now !! :)

@ deepali: chodo yaar abi. Alright then. Will read that post too. Hey did u pick up that book i suggested, 'notes to myself' by Hugh Prather? You'd enjoy that. It is ur style of writing there....

 
At 1:48 PM, Blogger c e e d y said...

ok....:) phew....;)

@deepali - kuch nahi ho sakta kyunki main kuch nahi soch sakta - cause its a VIP blog :( and i am not on the guest list :)

 
At 1:51 PM, Blogger Cruel Intentions said...

:) Reading this I am forced to think about having a kid, Marriage or No Marriage :P

Cruel

 
At 2:00 PM, Blogger Cosmic Joy said...

Preethi .. not to change the topic .. but how can you allow this cosmic-bashing to happen on your blog ??? :)

 
At 2:11 PM, Blogger Deepali said...

firstly toh shut up cosmic - this is what happens when you try to get away from addictions - there is a place and time for everything - these blogs aren't chats :p -

okay kidding before everyone thinks I am serious.

@ preethi - naah not yet - I some how never end up reading books I buy, have haven't bought a book in ages. Will pick it up after my trip for sure.

@ ceedy - haha you're happy that you are not on the guest list? email me your google account details at fortheblogs@gmail.com if you want an invite.

 
At 3:32 PM, Blogger Preethi said...

he heeee @ cosmic: oh! thank u for changing it by all means ! ur bashing tho' sometimes it is all very deserving man! :P

@ deepali: read ur post. remember i told u abt intentions and actions, right here is the example.....

@ ceedy: hey chkd that link. Am still reading it so whimsical and so innocent na. Reminds me of Calvin and his world so much!

@ cruel: Whatever made you feel either way man!

 
At 3:48 PM, Blogger Cruel Intentions said...

@Preethi

It is all just so Innocent, Reminds me of the time when I was So innocent... Maybe a way to get my Innocence Back!

Cruel

 
At 5:25 PM, Blogger Solitaire said...

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At 6:13 PM, Blogger Solitaire said...

It was never my intention to write up a detailed analysis of a drawing by a child that I know nothing about on a public forum and neither am I trained nor interested in projective techniques. So there was no offense intended. I am sorry that you misinterpreted a comment made in jest. No more humor here. Another lesson learnt. :)
BTW, that was a humor.

 
At 8:19 PM, Blogger c e e d y said...

yes it is calvinesque - was introduced to boa constrictor in early school days and have a copy of this book forever...and everythime I read it - it relates to a different meaning....

no wonder its a great success

 
At 12:58 AM, Blogger Deepali said...

@ cosmic - incase you missed it - 'ur bashing tho' sometimes it is all very deserving man!' :P :P :P

 
At 10:12 AM, Blogger Preethi said...

@ solitaire: It doesn't matter. It is a brand new day.

@ ceedy: I think i'm gonna buy that book man. Thanks

 
At 10:13 AM, Blogger Preethi said...

@ deepali: you are having fun aren't ya? he he heeee

 
At 10:24 AM, Blogger Preethi said...

@ cruel: Isn't it now? I get drowned in her world too. Yes, that is definitely one way to get in touch with the child in you.... being with a child. :)

 
At 4:57 PM, Blogger Deepali said...

always preethi always hehe

ek din kabhi chat pe milo - it will be fun - and ill tell you a thing or two about where cosmic learned ":P" from.

 
At 10:00 PM, Blogger Thinking aloud said...

that was a sweet explanation indeed...i love the little things they dream up and try to create on paper... esp when they try to incoporate everything they learn into that lil space...

 
At 10:57 AM, Blogger Preethi said...

@ deepali: I can see that :) Chat tho, i'm not very good at it but when i'm on i'll want to give it a shot. That'll be fun and cosmic's ':P ' i'm thinking he learnt it from you? he heee

@ thinking aloud: you are so right. I wish there was a huge board for her. I'm thinking of painting one wall with the chalk board paint. She can do whatever she wants then !

 
At 11:47 AM, Blogger Deepali said...

Haha ya thats exactly what I was going to say - he's a big copy cat

 
At 4:26 AM, Blogger dame's diary said...

lol
What a cutie :)

 

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